2019 Multicultural Collaboration and Leadership

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Ota Eri  Murakami Rie  Nguyen Dung Minh 
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Course description and aims

This course is organized by Tokyo Tech Almni who works for Google Japan. The goal of this course is to develop mindset and skill-set for students to work in multi-cultural global environment. The course includes, but not limited to, lectures, self-evaluation practices, training, case studies, group works and written reports.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students are able to:
- Identify and develop self-strengths, unique values and know how to leverage self-strengths in team work.
- Be aware of unconscious bias and how to counteract those bias in their team
- To understand importance of diversity and how to improve diversity in their team
- To develop communication and collaboration skills in multicultural / multidisciplinary environment.


Leadership, Teamwork, Collaboration, Communication, Self-Development

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Before participating the class, students will submit a short report on what are differences working in Japanese traditional companies and global companies. Students should actively participate in discussion, practices, and group works. At the end of the course, students will make a team presentation and submit an individual written report on reflections and learnings from the course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 9/17 (Tue): 10:45-12:15 Strength Development Participation to Lecture and Discussions, Q&A
Class 2 9/17(Tue): 13:20-14:50 Strength Development in Practice Practices on how to identify and develop self-strength and group work
Class 3 9/18 (Wed): 10:45-12:15 Managing Unconscious Bias Participation to Lecture and Discussions, Q&A
Class 4 9/18 (Wed): 13:20-14:50 Managing Unconscious Bias in multi-cultural global environment Training and practices
Class 5 9/20 (Fri): 10:45-12:15 Diversity Participation to Lecture and Discussions, Q&A
Class 6 9/20(Fri): 13:20-14:50 Case studies on Diversity Case studies and group work
Class 7 9/25 (Wed): 10:45-12:15 Communication and collaboration in multi-cultural global environment Participation to Lecture and Discussions, Q&A
Class 8 9/25(Wed): 13:20-14:50 Group Work and Final Presentation Group work and presentation


Materials will be provided during the course

Reference books, course materials, etc.

- The Culture Map (INTL ED): Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures Paperback – International Edition, January 5, 2016 by Erin Meyer
- Do You Know How to Have a Strengths Conversation?, The Huffington Post, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-mcquaid/do-you-know-how-to-have-a_b_7516138.html
- Developing Employees’ Strengths Boosts Sales, Profit, and Engagement, Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org/2016/09/developing-employees-strengths-boosts-sales-profit-and-engagement
- How to Play to Your Strengths, Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org/2005/01/how-to-play-to-your-strengths
- Managing Unconscious Bias at Facebook, https://managingbias.fb.com/
- Unbiasing Guides at Google, https://rework.withgoogle.com/subjects/unbiasing/
- Diversity Matters, McKinsey & Company, 2015, https://assets.mckinsey.com/~/media/857F440109AA4D13A54D9C496D86ED58.ashx
- Cedric Herring, “Does Diversity Pay?: Race, Gender, and the Business Case for Diversity,” American Sociological Review, vol. 74, no. 2 (April 2009)
- Sander Hoogendoorn, Hessel Oosterbeek, and Mirjam van Praag, “The Impact of Gender Diversity on the Performance of Business Teams: Evidence from a Field Experiment,” Social Sciences Research Network, Working Paper Series (April 28, 2011).

Assessment criteria and methods

Class Participation: 30%
In-Class Engagements: 30%
Final Report: 20%
Team Presentation: 20%

Related courses

  • LAW.X425 : Global Leadership Practice

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students who wish to enroll/participate in this course should have English proficiency (TOEIC score 750 or above, TOEFL-iBT score 80 or above), so that he/she will be able to understand the lectures and actively participate in discussions.


Students who attended Global Leadership Practice course in 2Q are highly recommended.

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